Return of the Trickster

Return of the Trickster

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"The third and final book of the brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy. From the bestselling author of the Scotiabank Giller-prize shortlisted Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift. Jared, now 18, wakes up in a hospital bed, feeling like hell. Some of the people he loves--the ones who are deaf to magic--assume he fell off the wagon after a tough year of sobriety and went on a bender to end all benders. They think that's why movers found him naked, dangerously dehydrated and confused in the basement of his mom's old house in Kitimat. The truth for Jared, who has spent two years running from it, is so much worse. He finally knows for sure that he will never be normal because he is the son of Wee'git, a Trickster, and a Trickster himself. He is actually in such bad shape because he was forced into mortal combat with his father's sister, Aunt Georgina, a maniacal ogress hungry for his power. In the struggle, he transported her and her posse of shape-shifting coy wolves to another dimension where the coy wolves all died. Now Georgina doesn't only want to eat him, she wants revenge on his whole family. There's more bad news: the only person in his life who is happy that he's a Trickster is his ex, Sarah. Everyone else he loves is either pissed with him or at risk of becoming an unwitting victim of the darker forces he's unleashed in their world. His mother Maggie, a hard-partying, gun-toting, tough-as-nails witch, resents like hell that Jared has taken after his father, but she is also determined that no one is going to eat her boy. For Maggie it's simple: Kill or be killed, bucko. Soon Jared is at the centre of an all-out war. A horrible place to be for the sweetest Trickster there's ever been, one whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world around him a kinder, safer, place. As his cousin Kota would say, Sucks to be you, Jared."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, [2021]
Description: 320 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780735273467
0735273464
Branch Call Number: Robi

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SPL_Melanie Jun 09, 2021

Finally, the last book in the Trickster trilogy is out! This one concludes this story of Jared, the rather mellow teenager at the heart of the series. He's really the Son of a Trickster, and as we find out here, a trickster himself, however unwillingly. There are some gross bits in this one that I had to skim over, much more than the first two books. But there is still the sense of humour and unexpected appearances of oddball characters who help (or hinder). It's a satisfying conclusion in most ways; we get to know Jared's full nature, and so does he.

As the conclusion in the Trickster trilogy, I really had to suspend belief a lot more than in the previous novels, perhaps because action is pretty slow in the beginning, where much gets retold. But there is a pretty cool visit to a vegetarian Sasquatch's home, a backstory to horrific Aunt Georgina, an otherworldly firefly, and a tense climatic finish for Jared and those he cares deeply for. No matter what, I had to know!

Kris--Pt. Roberts

liljables May 24, 2021

I'll be honest: Jared is one of my favourite protagonists of all time. He's kind and gentle, flawed but self-aware, every bit the reluctant hero; he's the heart and soul of this series. Of course, a character like that can't exist in a vacuum, and I will say that all of the complicated, chaotic women who surround and protect Jared really keep the plot rollicking along - I would happily read spin-offs about Sarah, Maggie, Mave, Sophia, and Grannie Nita all night and day.

By far the darkest and most magical of the bunch, Return of the Trickster ties up every loose end and provides a fast-paced, hilarious, satisfying conclusion to this wonderful trilogy.

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